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Head Doctor Fighting Africa's "Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic Contracts The Virus

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A month ago we mapped the current state of the Ebola crisis in Africa, which has claimed over 600 lives in recent months, and which according to the director of operations of medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières, Bart Janssens, has grown into an "epidemic which is totally out of control." He added that "Ebola is no longer a public health issue limited to Guinea: it is affecting the whole of West Africa," urging WHO, affected countries and their neighbours to deploy more resources especially trained medical staff.

 

Tragically, the "out of control" epidemic has taken a major turn for the worse when the head doctor fighting the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said.

Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening
tent in the local government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 30, 2014.

According to Reuters, the 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, has been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, according to the statement released late on Tuesday by the president's office.

 

Health Minister Miatta Kargbo called Khan a national hero and said she would "do anything and everything in my power to ensure he survives".

 

Khan told Reuters in late June that he was worried about contracting Ebola. "I am afraid for my life, I must say, because I cherish my life," he said in an interview, showing no signs of ill health at the time.

 

"Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by disease. Even with the full protective clothing you put on, you are at risk."

The tragic escalation was not limited to Khan: three days ago, three nurses working in the same Ebola treatment centre alongside Khan died from the disease.

The only good news, if any, is that even as the epidemic which has raged for months, and now appears to be out of control, it has not spilled out of Africa into other continents yet. On the other hand both the US and now China appears to have a problem with a different viral scourge: bubonic plague. In any event, a deadly viral breakout across three continents may be just what the Keynesian doctor ordered to blast the global economy into that long-delayed "recovery."

 

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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:06 | 4995558 Joebloinvestor
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I am just cringing with the thought of WTF are they gonna do when someone is diagnosed in one of the US holding centers.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:20 | 4995613 Ariadne
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They won't tell you. Then if it leaks they'll lie.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:21 | 4995615 dobermangang
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And if you call them liars, they'll call you racists!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:48 | 4995730 cougar_w
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No, they'll lock you up in solitary confinement in a mental ward so you don't shoot your mouth off and stampede the cattle.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:02 | 4995769 Save_America1st
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well no kidding...that's not surprising to hear...if they're going to fight ebola with a psychiatrist, of course he's probabaly going to contract it....how would he know how to cure ebola?  It's not a mental disorder. 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:10 | 4995806 kaiserhoff
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This is unpossible.  According to the stats in the New York Times, everyone in Africa already died of AIDS.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:33 | 4995917 Publicus
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Checkmate, he'll be dead.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:47 | 4995977 Keyser
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Ebola breakout in Africa... Plague breakouts in the US and China... Someone has been busy... 

 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:04 | 4996041 Publicus
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Contrast this guy with ISIS fighters who are fearless.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:11 | 4996084 Indian_Goldsmith
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Thank God I'm going to die really really soon. I really didnt want to see my dark future.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:44 | 4996454 Four chan
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looks like the world heath organization didn't have to inoculate africa with its invention, aids. after all.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:13 | 4996059 FEDbuster
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For those whom have not grasped the horror of Ebola, read the 1990's non-fiction book "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston (pdf here http://learn.flvs.net/educator/common/EnglishIIv10/TheHotZone.pdf).  Stephen King said it was one of the scariest books he ever read.

Ebola hits the US and me and mine are going into a self imposed lock down. 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:31 | 4996166 Wait What
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The Plague by Camus is also a good one.

also available for free in pdf form online, but i'll let you find the link.

the long isolated mountain compounds trade is starting to look like a good one.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:42 | 4996451 willwork4food
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The Hot Zone was in Reston right? Airborne viral and deadly to...monkeys only. Right next to a children's day retreat...and just up the road from me. Scary as hell.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:36 | 4996180 sushi
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Mmmm let's see.

360 cases in June 2014

600 cases in July 2014

1200 cases in August 2014.

 

Sometime in December 2014 this story will be picked up by the MSM and the S&P will head for the moon.

Or maybe we will all be dead in which case the S&P is heading for Uranus.

 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:11 | 4996328 logicalman
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If I'm dead, I'm not worried about Uranus or mine.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:32 | 4996765 Paveway IV
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What?? "...600 cases in July 2014...1200 cases in August 2014..."??

There are already 660+ deaths from EVD and 1093 cases reported - and it's not even the end of July.

Ebola chart porn from Ian Mackay (He's Australian, but that's OK!)

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:37 | 4996421 Dave
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I read that book when it first came out. Scared the shit out of me.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:34 | 4997116 Dudeskis
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I read this freaking book when I was 12. I have no clue how I got ahold of it. I'm sure my parents were like, "Yippie, our son is such a voracious reader." No.

I can tell you the year I read it from the info graphic, 1995. About the time I finished the book a huge outbreak was all over the news, throwing me in to panic attacks. Good times.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:02 | 4996293 WhackoWarner
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Microsoft? Gates Foundation? NSA?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:10 | 4996324 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Anyone else on here ever read tom clancys 'rainbow six'. It starts out with an Ebola virus, what happens next is quite scary. Some environmental nut jobs try to spread the virus, scare everyone, then give everyone a vaccine that really just gives them the disease and kills them. Seemed like a crazy idea and a good book 10 years ago, downright terrifying now.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:13 | 4997170 Otto Zitte
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Three times.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:34 | 4996175 Antifaschistische
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you should all be ashamed of yourselves.....this Doctor is a HERO and deserves a trip to the White House to have dinner with the President and his Cabinet...to be followed by handshaking photo opportunities for the world to see how the President discriminates against no one.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:48 | 4996231 pelican
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Sounds like it is time for a massive incendiary device in that area of the world.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:05 | 4996309 WhackoWarner
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More than dinner. I suggest a welcome kiss and blood exchange.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:10 | 4996323 BlindMonkey
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You sir, should be in charge of things for a while.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:55 | 4996013 chumbawamba
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On the bright side, you'll be isolated from the virus.

On the serious side, assuming this is not just another cynical ploy to manipulate our emotions: prayers to the good doctor.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:46 | 4996462 willwork4food
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Yes, the Doctor has balls of steel that would make many US Marine mercenaries blush.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:16 | 4995837 ugmug
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Obama is going to send out a fund raising mailing stating that the Democrat party will send anyone that donates $2500 a vial of lamb's blood to put across a door just in case there is a God.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:45 | 4995966 americanreality
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You're trying too hard. 

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:57 | 4997013 ugmug
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Psalm 111:10

 

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

    To him belongs eternal praise.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:25 | 4995881 scrappy
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I suggest a modified lighter Astronaut type suit - really

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:37 | 4995938 logicalman
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I doubt anyone coming to the US from Sierra Leone will come across the Mexican border.

Air travel is the real threat when it comes to pandemics.

Ignorance is another big problem.

You seem to suffer from it.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:44 | 4996217 Joebloinvestor
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Your ignorance is not reading it as a "what if" scenario.

All someone has to do is smuggle in some contaminated body fluids and expose some people.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:08 | 4996307 logicalman
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Speaking of 'what ifs'............

You can't be serious!

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:02 | 4997020 OldPhart
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Yeah, well, fuck you.

(Official War Criminal Obama Administration response.)

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:17 | 4997105 Dudeskis
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I know agents have reported that very few are getting medically screened and when they do it's little more than asking a few questions and deciding if they look sick.

Unless someone is crashing and bleeding in the detention center it's likely the virus is already inside our borders.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:06 | 4995564 AladdinSaneGirl
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Such brave, selfless people.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:32 | 4995658 blu
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Given the rate of fatality, I seriously don't know about that. Not wanting to be mean, but about all you can do is comfort the dying here. Until there is a vaccine I don't honestly see the point in risking health care workers like this.

God, it sucks to say that.

But that's how it seems to me. Hard to think that way, but that's how it stands.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:37 | 4995682 Urban Redneck
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It's not about comfort, it's about hydration... replacing fluid faster than the victims body can bleed, puke, and shit liquid out of any combination of orifices.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:35 | 4995931 Publicus
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Nope, it's about hoping it dies out. And that is why people are hiding from doctors. You got better chances without them.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:54 | 4996006 Urban Redneck
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The Ebola dies out in 21 days. Whether the patient dies is a function of hydration, regardless of the patient's proximity to doctors.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:44 | 4996212 samsara
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Old middle ages recommendation.

Leave Early,

Go Far,

Stay Long.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:07 | 4995565 dobermangang
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He's one brave guy.  Hope he beats the odds.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:33 | 4995662 Oldrepublic
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let's hope, that disease has a 90% mortality rate

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:38 | 4995942 logicalman
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Apparently this particular strain is about 55-60% fatal, so lets hope this guy is one of the 40%

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:07 | 4995567 TeamDepends
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Get down on your knees and pray

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:32 | 4995657 stacking12321
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why?

has this action proved any effectiveness, using a scientifically rigorous methodology?

and, if not, aren't you just deluding yourself?

 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:40 | 4995678 o.t.p.s
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Just logged in for upvoting YOU(stacking12321). Like the way you thinking.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:46 | 4995718 Urban Redneck
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A friend of mine is a brilliant research scientist (retired). When he was diagnosed with cancer, he did some research, and then came to the very reasoned conclusion, that the relative efficacy of any single treatment is utterly irrelevant, unless you are placing all your eggs in one basket.

Rather than taking mental masturbation and self experimentation to a likely lethal extreme, he selected selected a dozen or tools to throw at it and he didn't care what sticked. He lived.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:36 | 4995936 Publicus
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For now, it'll come back.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:01 | 4996034 Urban Redneck
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Actually, that's highly unlikely. This was over a decade ago and he's now pushing 100. Immortality is not a reasoned expectation.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:42 | 4995955 logicalman
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Canabinoids tend to make 'iffy' cells commit suicide instead of becoming malignant and have shown great promise, but big pharma can't make much money from it......................

A big clue.

The side effects are quite bearable too!

 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:18 | 4996570 willwork4food
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I was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcenoma in 2007. Had my right kidney surgically removed. Refused Chemo...although the surgeon & staff were like used car salesmen pushing to let me try their new (propriatary) application. Moved to liver last year, had half of it removed. Still refusing any chemo and radiation. There are a bounty of alternative medicines, natural cures and CBD is one. Esiac is another. Mushrooms, plankton, baking soda (for Ph balance). I am still very active, own my own small construction company and have a beautiful wife.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:47 | 4996655 Miffed Microbio...
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Battling cancer is a challenge and I respect your decision because it ultimately is yours. The medical field can be very arrogant and assume they have all the answers. Even with all the technologies, many still die and not comfortably. Depending on the cancer, aggressive treatment may make your quality of life so poor what difference does it make if it buys a few more days or weeks?

If I were faced with cancer I would get a diagnosis to see what my chances were. If it is pancreatic, I'd enjoy the last few months of my life, dig up and give my gold stash to Mr Miffed and go for comfort measures when the time came.If I were feeling really noble I'd take out a few banksters before I departed.

Best of wishes to you and you will be in my prayers.

Miffed;-)

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:20 | 4996743 willwork4food
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Thx Miffed. Your husband is a lucky guy!

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:40 | 4997033 OldPhart
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If I were diagnosed as a near death individual I'd be immediately hunting government officials where ever they lived..and my USMC scores made me deadly at 500 yards. 

Today, I'm an old, fat, bastard with disdain and hatred in my heart...I could probably sit on my ass for a week or two just sighting some semi-important congressman's place of residence looking to take him/her out while they take out the trash. 

(Sounds 'Dr. Evil' doesn't it?  But we use our 'precision guided' drone technology to blow up homes of 'enemies' that also contain innoncent men, women and children.  Couldn't our vaulted military do the same?

They say that seniors are the best snipers..we sit on our ass all the time, we don't move much, we're not distracted by pussy (unless it's right in our face), and we have a senile concentration that is formidable when we are in a pissy mood.)

If only our fuckin' NSA could adjust their sights from us to the real threats they are supposed to be watching for and identify the addresses of those 'elite' elected and step back for a moment as they reassess where they really stand after the whole thing collapses.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:09 | 4997166 Otto Zitte
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Why wait? Line up your ducks while you can. And stfu about it.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:08 | 4997159 Otto Zitte
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My friend was diagnosed with advanced non-Hodgkins lymphoma. They gave her 6 months. She survived the chemo but in doing so became a vegetarian because she couldn't hold any food down during the chemo. The cancer went into remission... 16 years ago. She's still here.

The chemo almost killed her. The lifestyle change saved her.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:58 | 4996024 chumbawamba
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Probably because he had faith that at least one of the twelve tools he utilized would be effective.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:42 | 4996450 stacking12321
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so, faith works then?

because, bernanke had a lot of faith that QE would bring about recovery.

just sayin'...

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:42 | 4996785 willwork4food
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Stack, he didn't have FAITH, he was ordered to do what he did by his handlers. But yes, Faith is very, very important.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:23 | 4995871 HastaLaVictoria...
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I'm still waiting for a randomized controlled trial of prayer vs chemo for lymphoma. For some reason, when the religious nuts get really sick they ALWAYS go to the hospital. I guess faith has its limits...

 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:40 | 4995690 o.t.p.s
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Down voted You(TeamDepends), Fuck religion, it has nothing do with it all. Just imagionary farytales.........

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:45 | 4995717 TeamDepends
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Believe what you want, but Spirit is not imaginary.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:49 | 4995729 o.t.p.s
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but god is or jezus or allah. or any god do not exist, in my opionion.. I do believe in my self, i think thats even more important

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:57 | 4995753 TeamDepends
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So you are a progressive? Or perhaps merely an egomaniac.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:49 | 4995987 americanreality
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Neither you clown. He's intelligent.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:04 | 4996042 chumbawamba
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THE STREETS SHALL FLOW WITH THE BLOOD OF THE INFIDELS!!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:41 | 4996200 Reptil
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wait... what?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:43 | 4996792 willwork4food
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+10 TEAM!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:10 | 4995798 dumbStruck
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Prayer has a poor return on investment.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:12 | 4996334 logicalman
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Prayer has NO return on investment.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:02 | 4996513 dogbreath
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I think there are so many people praying to Jeebus for the Powerball lLotto big prize.  They pray so hard they have brown bags under their eyes.   Jeebus is a busy guy trying to hear all those prayers but some people are yelling or screaming and others wisper and can hardly be heard.  I think its pretty confusing to Jeebus

In my experience when I prayed (to God?  I dunno) for an answer to a question,  I don't do this often,  the answer came in a dream.

 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:22 | 4996584 willwork4food
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...well? what was the dream?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:05 | 4997023 Urban Redneck
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dumbStruck was closer the first time with ROE, since you can't readily quantify an equity base (for prayer) on which to calculate a return.

Prayer can have an amazing high ROI (with relatively minimal investment).

Sugar pills can too though...

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:10 | 4997103 Dudeskis
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I'm not particularly religious but your impotent rage towards it makes me cringe for you.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:07 | 4995570 Rusty Shorts
Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:11 | 4995585 Rican
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It's like Earth is hitting the "eject" button.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:11 | 4995589 medium giraffe
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I know it's no laughing matter, but I couldn't help changing the word 'Ebola' for 'Obama' and 'Africa' for 'America' in my head as I read the article.

Is that bad?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:12 | 4995591 tony wilson
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the yanks,the jews and der britishers are really working 24 7 on the africon takeover.

more military lab people kill technologies.

 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:14 | 4995598 Oldrepublic
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The 1994 thriller, non fiction book,The Hot Zone, dealt with the Ebola outbreak

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30 | 4995651 Exponere Mendaces
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What is amazing is that such a lethal virus can be essentially controlled by bleaching the shit out of everything in sight. What is not as well known is "The Hot Zone" makes reference to the outbreak that occurred in Maryland's NIH, which they had to contain - and managed to do so successfully, since only lab animals were involved.

The real "pucker" moment is that this stuff can mutate, and if it happens to gain air transmission ability, then the world is about to become a rather small place indeed. I feel for the doctors, they have to deal with a bunch of ignorant villagers that would rather drive them away (and spread the disease by washing infected dead bodies for funerals) than get any treatment/isolation.

This virus thrives on ignorance, and unfortunately that seems in ample supply in the region it has now claimed.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:06 | 4995788 GooseShtepping Moron
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I beg to differ, good sir. If I recall correctly (and it's been about 20 years since I read the book), the outbreak described in The Hot Zone was not contained. All five of the principal researchers involved in the clean-up subsequently discovered that they had in fact contracted the virus, but that particular strain happened to be asymptomatic and completely harmless in humans; it was only fatal to the monkeys. The world really dodged a bullet that time. We cannot count on things always shaking out so well.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:27 | 4996596 willwork4food
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You are exactly correct Goose. The warehouse in Reston VA was used to warehouse monkeys from Africa for experiental medical research. They had NO CONTROL. Period. The monkeys were dying all over the place via the airducks. It was incredible it was not a pandemic to humans...which at the time they didnt know. I wonder how many workers were shitting their pants.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:15 | 4995599 junction
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No worries, Obamacare to the rescue.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:18 | 4995839 JLee2027
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The Supreme Court has ruled your illness is too expensive and complex to treat. So go die sucker! You were racist anyway,

Signed,

O

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:16 | 4995600 ShrNfr
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Look at the good side. After the plague in the middle ages, the workers that were left were able to increase the price they charged for their labor. Pricing power personified pending plague. Just what Krugcreep ordered.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:17 | 4995609 Dr. Engali
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Did you ever get the feeling that Mother Nature is trying to tell us something?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:46 | 4995719 cougar_w
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I get the exactly feeling oh only about -- twice a day.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:44 | 4995963 logicalman
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If we don't listen now, She will just shout louder and louder, until we can't ignore her.

 

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:51 | 4996665 Kirk2NCC1701
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Nah, just the boys at Fort Detrick and their bosses trying to tell China something:  "Stay the fuck out of Africa!  We got more where this came from."

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:21 | 4995618 NOTaREALmerican
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Head doctor?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:37 | 4995677 CloseToTheEdge
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he didn't drink all the lime in the coconut

i do hope he's in the 10% that recover

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:42 | 4995706 loveyajimbo
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Wonder if they have tried intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide and colloidal silver? 

 

Wonder if Obongo's kids will bring ebola to the USA?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:45 | 4995714 I Write Code
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So does catching the non-fatal Ivory Coast strain give you immunity against the others?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:30 | 4995908 El Vaquero
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During one of the previous outbreaks, they waited until a few people survived, then took the survivors' blood plasma and gave those who hadn't died yet a transfusion.  The mortality rate went waaaaaay down. 

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:17 | 4996733 Miffed Microbio...
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It is theoretically possible that some people are innately immune to Ebola and other Viral hemorrhagic Diseases. The life cycle begins with the virus attaching to specific cell-surface receptors. If you lack these receptors or if you have a mutation that makes the receptor different in some way the virus cannot attach, you will not be infected. The virus MUST enter the cells to replicate.

The good news is if you survive, you probably will have life long immunity. I am not sure if you would have any immunity to other viruses in the same family.Marburg and Ebola viruses are the two members of the Filoviridae family Though caused by different viruses, the two diseases are similar. Cow pox was used as the initial vaccination for small pox. It is possible this mechanism could be repeated if there were a non-lethal filovirus that could be used to immunize against Ebola. I can't claim I would be courageous enough to volunteer for the experiment. Things were different in Edward Jenner's time.

I wish Parrotile would post. He did research with biosafety level 4 agents. Gutsy guy.

Miffed;-)

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:46 | 4995722 HeavydutyMexica...
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Looks like Bill Gates' plans for Africa are finally coming to fruition.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:47 | 4995724 Vlad Tepid
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"Humans contract by close contact with infected animals."  Is that the acceptable way to describe ape fucking nowadays?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:50 | 4995734 cougar_w
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Bush meat.

It's what's on the menu.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:09 | 4995804 bonin006
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Are you proposing someone practice cannibalism on certian US ex-presidents?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:56 | 4995752 GooseShtepping Moron
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One minor correction to the OP: As I'm sure Mrs. Miffed will attest, bubonic plague is caused by a bacterium, not a virus.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:35 | 4996771 Miffed Microbio...
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Thanks Goose,

I do cringe when I hear them used interchangeably but I figure people here have been very patient with my lack of financial savvy so I must show tolerance as well.

In terms of killing machines, viruses do tend to outshine bacteria. The Black Plague being the notable exception. Partly due to their size. People ask me why antibiotics are useless against them. Imagine a bacteria the size of an elephant, a virus would be the rough size of a flea on the elephant. Very difficult to target and kill something that small. Designing safe and effective antiviral drugs is difficult, because viruses use the host's cells to replicate. This makes it difficult to find targets for the drug that would halt viral replication without also harming the host cells.

Yes the next global pandemic will probably be viral, unless we return to the squalid, unsanitary conditions of Europe in the 14th century

Miffed;-)

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:58 | 4995758 dumbStruck
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Imagine for a moment all the money that was sunk into the global war on terror since 2001, imagine what that money spent on medical research could have produced. I can imagine a lot based on what I read of current resaerch.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:46 | 4995978 logicalman
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That would require the world to be run by rational human beings.

That's not this one.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:01 | 4995768 IridiumRebel
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Nature will reset us....or delete us if we dont do it to ourselves.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:30 | 4995909 marcusfenix
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the black plague in china, some kind of new strain of Ebola spreading through Africa, reports of the CDC whisking hundreds of illegal aliens away daily from shelters to high security isolation due to some as of yet undisclosed communicable illness, wars spreading like wildfire, extreme and destructive weather patterns and of course the big show ww3 just on the horizon.

it's getting downright biblical on this rock...    

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:42 | 4996204 Joebloinvestor
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Of course the CDC has control of its' inventory.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:52 | 4996244 Reptil
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so... is this STILL the same Zaïre virus?
if so, why didn't it mutate yet? Ebola always did. So this is different.
why?
you tell me?

Sunshine Project
publications https://web.archive.org/web/20121025181201/http://www.sunshine-project.o...
interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZHJsZg_Fgw

I expect other countries have these capabillities as well.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:46 | 4996651 teslaberry
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the only plague mankind is heading for right now is world overpopulation.

soap and basic hygeine and understanding the fundamental basis of contagion (WITHOUT EVEN USING ANTI-BIOTICS) has basically ended the vast majority of risk for world wide pandemic such as the spanish flu.

just think about the fact that the history of plague, ALL OF IT, occured during a period of human history before we understood microbes and viral transmission ( which we only learned in the past 80 some odd years)
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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. and in the west, we also have anti-biotics.

all the bullshit about anti-biotic resistant superbugs is horseshit.

a few thousand people dying is not a plague. spanish flu killed 20,000,000 people in a few short years.
this almost CANNOT HAPPEN AGAIN because sick people are not only quarantined but so is their shit and so are the people in contact with them.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:45 | 4996798 willwork4food
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Respectfully disagree.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:42 | 4996923 royal
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Why the fuck do people even waste their time going to anywhere in sub-saharan Africa?

It's the most extreme third world shithole on planet Earth and the people there behave like animals.

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